Cull your book shelves now for good cause

FOTOL

These Friends Of The Oliver Library (FOTOL) are definitely nuts about books! They are hard at work sorting books in preparation for the

15th Annual Summer Book Sale

Saturday, July 6th

9:00a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Oliver Regional Library parking lot

Proceeds go to the Library’s Summer Reading Club for Children. Additional book donations are welcomed and can be left at the Library now. Many thanks!

Photo Credit:  Heather Frank

Be a Friend ~ Buy a Book

Don’t miss the best deal in town this weekend, courtesy of the Friends of the Oliver Library! Pick up all your summer reading, and stock up for those winter nights by the fire.  Don’t forget your cloth bag, a handy box, or even a wagon to cart away those great finds.

Your book buy list should include:

* easy reading for the car, camper, or RV,

*classics for the ski cabin,

*short stories or an anthology for the guest room (what a thoughtful host you are!) ,

* picture books for the grandkids,

* a juicy romance or a thriller beside the bathtub,

* “stimulating” reading for the washroom (need we say more),

Proceeds support children’s summer programming at the library.  So your purchase goes to your own enjoyment AND encourages a whole new generation of readers.

Be a BC Book Prize Groupie

If being a rock band groupie isn’t your style, try being a BC Book Prize groupie!

Two authors shortlisted for the BC Book Prizes are touring the Okanagan. and will be visiting the Oliver Regional Library branch on Monday May 7 at 7:00 p.m.

Come meet JJ Lee, the author of “The Measure of a Man: The story of a Father, a Son and a Suit” and Gary Kent, the author of the children’s book, “Fishing with Gubby”. They will be talking about their books and the ideas and stories that inspired them.

The Measure of a Man is JJ Lee’s debut book. Taking as its starting point a son’s decision to alter his late father’s last remaining suit for himself, this is a deeply moving and brilliantly crafted story of fathers and sons, of fitting in and standing out — and discovering what it means to be your own man. For years, journalist and amateur tailor JJ Lee tried to ignore the navy suit that hung at the back of his closet — his late father’s last suit. When he decides to finally make the suit his own, little does he know he is about to embark on a journey into his own past.

As JJ moves across the surface of the suit, he reveals the heartbreaking tale of his father, a charismatic but luckless restaurateur whose demons brought tumult upon his family. He also recounts the year he spent as an apprentice tailor at Modernize Tailors, the last of Vancouver’s legendary Chinatown tailors, where he learns invaluable lessons about life from his octogenarian master tailor. Woven throughout these two personal strands are entertaining stories from the social history of the man’s suit, the surprising battleground where the war between generations has long been fought.

With wit, bracing honesty, and great narrative verve, JJ takes us from the French Revolution to the Zoot Suit Riots, from the Japanese Salaryman to Mad Men, from Oscar Wilde in short pants to Marlon Brando in a T-shirt, and from the rareified rooms of Savile Row to a rundown shop in Chinatown. A book that will forever change the way you think about the maxim “the clothes make the man,” this is a universal story of love and forgiveness and breaking with the past.

Fishing with Gubby is the marvelously illustrated, authentic account of one season in the life of a salmon fisherman. Based on actual events, the story is told by award-winning children’s illustrator Kim La Fave and former fisherman Gary Kent. Together they make the wharfs, boats, fishermen and villages of the BC coast come alive with remarkable detail and humour.

Gubby’s journey first takes him up BC’s west coast, through Georgia, Johnstone and Queen Charlotte straits and north past Port Hardy. He then heads into the open ocean towards treacherous Cape Scott, through to Winter Harbour and Quatsino Sound to settle in for a summer of fishing. Gubby and Puss face rolling rapids, rough and tumble storms and banks of fog, tussle with a basking shark and a pod of orcas, all while trolling for spring and coho salmon and visiting other fishermen and homesteaders along the way.

Books will be available for purchase. Get your copy signed, or buy one for a friend. Or be a BC Book Prize groupie and bring your camera for a photo. Who knows? You may be posing with a winner!

Library hosts e-reader session

The Friends of the Oliver Library (FOTOL) host several events in the coming weeks. Don’t miss these great opportunities to add some pizzazz to your reading experience!

First up is an evening to welcome BC Book Prize nominees.  On Monday May 7 join us at 7 p.m. to meet these yet-to-be-announced special guests and hear excerpts from their nominated books. Be BC proud!

Want to learn more about e-Reading? It’s e-easy!   Learn about the variety of e-readers and tablets. Break-out sessions will address the individual types now on the market. Simply bring your questions to this introductory session, or bring along your portable e-reading device (tablet, laptop, iPad, Kindle, e-Reader or whatever) on Saturday May 12 at 10 a.m. This is a free event but please register in advance by calling the library at 250-498-2242 or by stopping by the library. Refreshments will be served following the session.

The monthly Tuesday Morning Coffee happens every third Tuesday of the month. Coming up, it’s Tuesday May 15 at 10 a.m. Make yourself at home!  Interested in the behind-the-scenes of the library? Join us an hour earlier at 9 a.m. for the FOTOL meeting. Volunteers welcome.

Travel writer Laurie Carter is the guest on Wednesday June 20 at 7 p.m. She is the author of Grandma Wears Hiking Boots, chock full of details on  Okanagan trails, wildflower excursions, wine tasting, farm tours, family attractions, historic sites, cultural pursuits, mine tours, jumping off mountains and her favourite subject—food. Carter will entertain with anecdotes and with excerpts from her books.

Start saving those books! The Library’s Annual Book Sale is on Saturday July 7 from 9 – 2.  in the Oliver Regional Library parking lot. Your used books can be dropped off at the library.

Watch for the Friends of the Library entry into the International Sunshine Festival Parade on Saturday July 14!

Successful Book Sale = Successful Summer Reading Program

The Friends of the Oliver Library helped to finance the Summer Reading Program with proceeds from their July book sale which netted just over $1400.  

The first session of  the Summer Reading Program had eighty-two children and their parents in attendance. They enjoyed a fun filled evening with stories, contests and crafts prepared by the library staff.  Since then, according to FOTOL member Val Friesen, attendance has been consistently in the 80 – 100 range.  Several Library “Friends” have been helping out with the programme on Thursday evenings during the summer.  Heather Franks of the FOTOL says “We are happy to lend a hand and help get those kids “hooked on books.”

Although program nights are now completed, boys and girls are encouraged to continue to work on their Reading Logs and bring their completed records into the library before August 26 so that they can “SAVOUR THE MOMENT” on Saturday, August 27 at 11:00 a.m.  Savour the moment at this Medal Presentation Party. Throughout the summer when children complete their Reading Log they receive a special invitation to this exciting event. See who is the first to read their way on to the podium! And someone will take crunchy, munchy dog home!

Ready to Read this Summer?

The Friends of the Library host 

Summer Book Sale

Saturday July 2

9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Oliver  Library Parking Lot

All proceeds to the library’s summer reading program for children.

Bring your bucks to buy books and your bags to tote them away!

 

Friends of the Oliver Library Need more "Friends"!

The Friends of the Oliver Library (FOTOL) have moved their monthly business meeting to coincide with the monthly “Tuesday Coffee Morning”, on the third Tuesday of each month. The FOTOL business meeting begins at 9:00 a.m., with the coffee fellowship with the public following at 10:00 a.m.

On Thursday, October 21 at 7:00 p.m., Eva Durance, author of Cultivating the Wild: Gardening with Native Plants of B.C.’s Southern Interior, will discuss gardening with native plants. Come meet the author and enjoy her presentation. Coffee and refreshments.

What would you like to see happen at the Library? Guest speakers? Workshops? Literacy initiatives? Computer classes? A book club? Read-aloud evenings? A poetry reading coffeehouse? A fund raising idea? Please share new ideas with the society. 

Friends of the Oliver Library membership forms are available at the Library, which also list areas for volunteer acivities. It’s never too soon or too late to sign up as a volunteer for the Summer Book Sale!

Have some creative energy to spare? Let them know – the Friends would love to hear your voice!

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Pictured: Enid Baker, Shirley Cade and librarian Vicki White
Photo Credit: Val Friesen

Friends of the Oliver Library Need more “Friends”!

The Friends of the Oliver Library (FOTOL) have moved their monthly business meeting to coincide with the monthly “Tuesday Coffee Morning”, on the third Tuesday of each month. The FOTOL business meeting begins at 9:00 a.m., with the coffee fellowship with the public following at 10:00 a.m.

On Thursday, October 21 at 7:00 p.m., Eva Durance, author of Cultivating the Wild: Gardening with Native Plants of B.C.’s Southern Interior, will discuss gardening with native plants. Come meet the author and enjoy her presentation. Coffee and refreshments.

What would you like to see happen at the Library? Guest speakers? Workshops? Literacy initiatives? Computer classes? A book club? Read-aloud evenings? A poetry reading coffeehouse? A fund raising idea? Please share new ideas with the society. 

Friends of the Oliver Library membership forms are available at the Library, which also list areas for volunteer acivities. It’s never too soon or too late to sign up as a volunteer for the Summer Book Sale!

Have some creative energy to spare? Let them know – the Friends would love to hear your voice!

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Pictured: Enid Baker, Shirley Cade and librarian Vicki White
Photo Credit: Val Friesen

BC Book Prize Tour Stops in Oliver

The Friends of the Oliver Library hosted Silvia Olsen, children’s author  (pictured at left) and poet Fred Wah during the Lieutenenat Governor’s  BC Book Prize Tour on April 21.  Both authors shared their experiences writing their nominated works, read excerpts , and answered questions.

Here’s a little more about Olsen’s book, Counting on Hope :

“Set against the backdrop of the confusing events surrounding the English colonization of British Columbia, and an 1863 naval assault on Kuper Island, Counting on Hope tells the story of two girls whose lives are profoundly changed when their two cultures collide. Alternating between free verse and prose, Sylvia Olsen follows the girl’s individual storylines before, during and after their meeting. She captures the wonder and joy with which Hope and Letia develop their friendship and describes the tragic events, suspicion, fear and confusion that characterize so many early encounters between Europeans and the First Peoples. This sensitively drawn depiction of innocence lost and wisdom hard won follows Hope and Letia out of childhood, off their island paradise and into the complex realities of an adult world. Married into the Tsartlip First Nation at seventeen, Sylvia Olsen is a historian specializing in Native/White relations in Canada, and the author of twelve books. She lives in Victoria.”

Fred Wah won in the poetry category, for his collection is a door :

“Including poetry projects, a chapbook and incidental poems, is a door makes use of the poem’s ability for “suddenness” to subvert closure: the sudden question, the sudden turn, the sudden opening — writing that is generated from linguistic mindfulness, improvisation, compositional problem-solving, collaborative events, travel, investigation and documentary — in short, poetry as practice. Much of this poetry is framed by Fred Wah’s acute sense of the marginalized non-urban local “place” and coloured by his attempt to articulate senses of otherness and resistance. Fred Wah was one of the founding editors of the poetry newsletter TISH and a pioneer of on-line publishing. He is the author of seventeen books of poetry including Waiting For Saskatchewan which received the Governor General’s Award in 1985. Diamond Grill, a biofiction about hybridity and growing up in a small-town Chinese-Canadian café won the Howard O’Hagan Award for Short Fiction in 1996. He lives in Vancouver.”

Congratulations, Fred!

Visit http://www.bcbookprizes.ca/tour/category/southern-tour-2010/  for more information about the southern BC potion of the tour, or http://www.bcbookprizes.ca/winners/2010 for a list of the finalists’ books and the various winners. A great source for your summer reading picks!

Friends of the Oliver Library

corb4440The Friends of the Oliver Library believe that libraries play an increasing social role in our communities.  Their goal is to enhance the available funding to make our library a place of great pride in Oliver.  They have raised money most years through a winter book sale and a summer paperback sale.  You can support the work of the FOTOL by taking part in the:

 Annual Used Book Sale
Saturday, July 4th 
Oliver Regional Library
Donations of paperback books welcome. 
Books can be dropped off at the Library until July 3rd

500201These book sale funds have been supplemented by soliciting donations from community organizations and the general public. Since their inception in May 1998, the Friends of the Library have directed more than $45,000 in funding towards creating an especially welcoming place for children, teens and seniors. They play an important role in stimulating the use of the library’s resources and services by the public.

 

 

e013747 A new initiative to boost library use is the

Monthly Coffee Mornings
Tuesday April 21
10 a.m. – 12 noon
(once a month, third Tuesdays)
Every time you enter the libaray you are automatically counted! 
Let’s set those front doors swinging!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Friends of the Oliver Library assist the work of library staff by supporting or hosting special events  usch as book readings by well-known authors and storytellers, book prizes for summer reading programs,  and demonstrations of new information technologies.

The Friends of the Oliver Library present
Book Reading Wine and Cheese
Friday April 24th
7 – 9 p.m.
Oliver Regional Library
with selected authors nominated for the
BC Governor General’s Award
 

Show your support of the library by becoming a member!

Membership:
Adults $5
Students: $3
Seniors: $3
Family $10

Kindly contact the Friends if you would like information about making a contribution, leaving a bequest or an endowed fund to the Oliver Library  in your will, or donating a memorial gift in the name of a loved one. The friends of the oliver Library is a registered society and, as a charitable institution,  can issue receipts for income tax purposes.

 
wr917301Mailing Address:
Friends of the Oliver Library
P.O. Box 758
Oliver, BC
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